Call me old fashioned but some of my most memorable rounds of golf are at classic courses. Sure, I can appreciate the new 8,000-yard courses where driver wedge is the standard approach of play, but if you're a true fan of design then there's nothing better that having to truly "think" your way around a course.
I like a course that makes you think your way around dog legs. I like playing holes that make you consider hitting something besides a driver at each Par- 4 and Par-5 tee and I definitely like a course that rewards accuracy over anything else. I know many golfers who can hit the ball 300-yards but only a couple who can do it with accuracy.
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A couple of weeks ago we attended the official grand opening of 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn Virginia. The course and property has gone through multiple transformations during a long and troubled gestation period but the overall outcome seems worth the wait.
The club features first-class facilities, a tour caliber practice area and a course with plenty of challenge and variety to entertain all skill levels.
If you haven't made your way out of town or just don't want to fight the traffic like us…then do yourself a favor and get out to 1757 Golf Club pronto!
During our trip to Wisp Resort in western Maryland last month we were invited to play a preview round of the font nine at Lodestone Golf Club. The private Hale Irwin design is scheduled to open next year and in our mind will vault itself as one of the best courses anywhere in the state.
The nine holes we played were truly amazing. Sitting atop Marsh Mountain the course is the highest elevated course in the state offering dramatic views, elevation changes and is one of the most beautifully designed courses we've had the pleasure to play anywhere.